Tonkin trucks back to big leagues to take Gibson's spot


Remember a few months ago when everyone thought Kyle Gibson was more than ready for the Twins rotation?

Ten big league starts later and Gibson is back in Class AAA Rochester.

He was sent down Monday after getting knocked around by the Mets at Target Field, giving up four runs on 10 hits in a 6-1 loss.

So what's next for Gibson?

According to Seth Stohs of, he could make another start or two for the Red Wings -- or, he could be shut down for the season to further recover from Tommy John surgery.

Right now, Gibson has tossed 150 innings between the Red Wings and the Twins. Shutting him down now might save his arm for a renewed campaign in 2014, when he can perhaps creep toward the 200-inning mark.

The wild card? Gibson's age. As Stohs explains: "Gibson will be 26 years old throughout the 2014 season. Certainly, that is not young for a player with just 10 big league starts. However, when you consider that he lost half of 2011 and most of 2012, and then still was working back early in 2013 because of the surgery, he's where he should be.

"It's probably fair to say that the big league debut season of Kyle Gibson has been disappointing, but hopefully people can see enough of the big picture not to give up on an arm as talented as Gibson's. That's as silly as giving up on Aaron Hicks because of his 2013 struggles. The truth is that most players come up from the minor leagues and experience some growing pains. The hope is that Gibson will return in 2014, fully healthy, and better off for his struggles."

Meanwhile, the Twins have called up right-hander Michael Tonkin from Rochester. He'll replace Gibson on the active roster, according to Fox Sports North.

Tonkin made his major league debut on July 11 at Tampa Bay, tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Twins. He was then sent back down after Caleb Thielbar returned from the bereavement list.

Since then, Tonkin has six saves in 12 appearances for the Red Wings, posting a 3.95 ERA.

Next Up

protest, Daunte Wright

LIVE UPDATES: Protesters, police clash in Brooklyn Center

Tracking Monday night's clashing between law enforcement and demonstrators.

Tim Gannon

Brooklyn Center recommends firing police chief and officer who shot Daunte Wright

The new acting city manager will make the decision on Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 8.54.21 PM

Cop who fatally shot Daunte Wright identified as Kim Potter

She is a 26-year veteran on the police force.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 6.36.53 PM

Chauvin trial: Cardiologist among witnesses as prosecution draws to close

Judge Peter Cahill also rejected the defense's motion to sequester the jury on Monday following a fatal police shooting in Brooklyn Center.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 8.27.03 AM

Medical examiner: Wright died of gunshot wound to the chest

The 20-year-old was killed by a police officer on Sunday, April 11.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 5.44.29 PM

Brooklyn Center fires city manager following Daunte Wright killing

The mayor has taken swift action after being granted extra powers by the city council on Monday.

Brooklyn Center unrest

National Guard presence in Twin Cities to double; 25-30 arrested on Sunday

Gov. Tim Walz said it's 'devastating and heartbreaking that we're here once again' following the killing of Daunte Wright.

Tim Gannon

Brooklyn Center police chief: 'Once we got pelted, we responded in kind'

The police presence will be enhanced Monday and beyond.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 12.05.47 PM

Chief: Officer who killed Daunte Wright meant to use Taser, pulled gun by mistake

Chief Tim Gannon provided the update as Brooklyn Center PD released bodycam footage of Daunte Wright's death.